The planting season having arrived, it may be well to remind our readers of some of the new and rarer shrubs which are now in request. Among them are Prunus Sinensis flore albo pleno. It forces beautifully, and in a common greenhouse will display in January and February a great profusion of superb white flowers. But it is as a perfectly hardy out-door shrub that it is especially valuable. Indeed, there has not been so important an addition to our blooming shrubs for years.

The fine double Spirea Reevisii flore plena, though not so new as the plant just named, is very beautiful, and quite the best of its valuable class.

Stuartia pentagynia is one of the larger-growing shrubs, attaining the height of fifteen to twenty feet Though an American plant, it is yet rarely met with, and indeed, has no regular common name. It bears in July and August a flower of the form of a single Camellia, and cream-colored, with a brown centre. No one who cares for flowers, when they are so scarce as they are with us in the hotter summer months, should be without this member of the Camellia family.

One wonders that so fine a tree as the Andromeda arborea should so seldom be met with in ornamental grounds. Its spring flowers entitle it to a place, and the deep color of its foliage in the autumn is striking and very beautiful. It belongs to the Erica family, and is known under the common name of Sorrel Tree.

Some of the new varieties of the justly admired Wistaria (Glycine Sinensis) are deserving of notice; - Wistaria Sinensis flore albo is not an early bloomer, but can with confidence be recommended. Planted with Sinensis, the contrast of its beautiful white flowers with the blue of the latter is very superb. Wistaria jrutescens magnifica, a European seedling of the American species, has flowers of a large delicate violet, with a white eye. Its strong growth and beauti-ful bloom make it a great acquisition. Among the new climbers are the honeysuckles, Lonicera brachypoda and Standisku; they are new evergreen varieties and much valued. Clematis Hendersonii is an erect sort, bearing a profusion of dark bine flowers for a period of from two to three months. Clematis Sophia, monstrosa, Helene, argusea grandifiora, and Sieboldii, or bicolor, are Japan varieties, and much admired by lovers of choice vines.

While naming these, we cannot forbear calling attention to Bignonia grandiflora, long known to many. Its superb flowers are abundant through the summer, and it is found to be a decided acquisition to the number of pot plants. We must also name Salix cuprea tricolor, a very curious and pretty sort of willow of late introduction.